10 Infuriating Levels That Almost Derailed Great Games

WC writes: Great games come along few and far between and when they do it’s cause for excitement. But even great games often make you suffer frustrating levels. That’s what this article aims to discuss; those levels that almost made you hate your favourite games. That nigh on forced you to rage-quit, for fear that the next failure would bring a red mist down on you which’d see you awaken in a field days later with a trail of death and destruction in your wake.

So, let’s get right down to it shall we?

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Yi-Long2283d ago

... the Library level, where we encounter The Flood.

I HATED that level so much, I never played beyond that.

stragomccloud2283d ago

I hated that too. I rage quit countless times, with at least month between playthroughs.

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Eyeco2283d ago

Horrible list, allot of these weren't even infuriating MGS3- The End is one of if not the greatest boss battle of all time.

Also learning to fly in GTA SA was incredibly easy, does anyone remember the Zero missions they almost drove me to suicide.
The Water Temple in OoT was a nightmare it should have been on the list instead of PH, and speaking of water levels, does anyone remember MGS2 when you have to rescue Emma apparently someone that works in the middle of the ocean can't swim , on top of that the swimming controls were awkward and you have to watch her oxygen meter as well as yours.

guitarded772283d ago

@ Eyeco

Well, I know you can read since you managed to read the list... but you failed to notice it's NOT MY LIST!!!! It's the list contained in the article! You're welcome for saving you 11 clicks and ads :P

SilentNegotiator2283d ago

....people had THAT much trouble with the library level?

RBlaze2282d ago (Edited 2282d ago )

... Having to click 'next' to see each game in the list!

EDIT: Props, bubbles, and my appreciation to the guys who have eased the pain by posting the list in their comments!


ChickeyCantor2282d ago

You can simply run in that game...that's how I finished the game lol.

knowyourstuff2282d ago

Horrible list - I agree, MGS3 has the greatest boss battles, so magnificently designed. Anyone who calls the sniper shootout with The End "boring" has their head up their a$$ and doesn't know how to play the game proper. You need to use your brain and hunt him down while he hunts you, it was invigorating from start to finish, however if you're a shlub and you just sit there waiting I can see what that would be boring - because you're stupid and not proactive.

But does anyone remember the Hell level from God of War 1? Or the Scimitar wielding half goat half men from God of War 3 that bounce of the walls? Or the annoying guys who scrounge underground and fling at you with blades in the God of War series? Those were the only things that were wholly frustrating with that series.

IAmLee2282d ago

why have it on 10 pages? FUCCCKKKKKK!

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bubblebeam2283d ago

The Library was a true test of skill. Try beating it on legendary. Very difficult.

While I do think the level design was simple, I think people are forgetting one important thing; IT IS A LIBRARY. It is supposed to be repetitive. Although that is convenient considering it was very repetitive, I still enjoyed it.

It was basically same room different floor, but it is MUCH easier in Anniversary, as there are more lights showing the right direction and the overall lighting is improved so you can see much better.

Maybe people were expecting a wide open space, which is funny as "The Library" is what I think most people would guess as a linear, indoor level.

In closing,The Library was an excellent stage for the memories and the play-style it demanded of you (at least on heroic or legendary), although it was rubbish level design (intentionally so). Still one of the best games ever made, despite the hate that level gets (understandably so).

Also, kudos to the author for mentioning Victory Road. I was thinking that before I read the article. It's like arriving at an Ice Cream shop on a 50 degree celsius day and all the ice-cream is locked up. AAAARRRGHHH.

FarCryLover1822283d ago

The library sucked at first, but now on replays I know what to expect.

The level "Cortana" in Halo 3 really sucked. I didn't know where to go as everything looked the same and all those flood types, wow that was a hard one.

dragonrage002282d ago

I LOL at victory road. Even as a kid, that as very easy. And I LMAO when he said hes going to have the best team ever. He sounded like a little kid that thinks that 6 legends at lv 100 is the best team ever and it makes you invencible.

ILive2283d ago (Edited 2283d ago )

Agreed. That level was infuriating and very boring. It almost made me hate Halo 3. Actually, I did hate Halo 3. Then ending was one of the worse endings I have ever seen in a game.

MaxXAttaxX2282d ago

You're not supposed to say anything bad about Halo.

ILive2282d ago

Sorry! I promise i didn't know!

CraigandDayDay2283d ago (Edited 2283d ago )

Man. That level in the pic is from Final Fantasy 8. The D District prison escape. Was extremely annoying if you didn't have Encounter-None or Half turned on.

I just loved that game. FF8 was the best IMO.

JellyJelly2283d ago

Final Fantasy Tactics - One of the last bosses who controlled a bunch of animals and had some kind of laser gun. Now that was difficult. Loved that game though.

Myze2282d ago (Edited 2282d ago )


Final Fantasy Tactics was one of those games that was really difficult or really easy, depending on how much you level up and who you use (really, that's true of most FF, or really most JRPG games). Yes, Orlandu was vastly overpowered, but with the right build, Ramza was even stronger. If you didn't over-level and didn't use Orlandu, the game could actually be quite difficult. One of my favorite games.

hkgamer2282d ago

Definitely agree, well my first playthrough of 8 was ok. But on my other playthroughs it go annoying, especially when you can't remember if you were supposed to run up or down.

MGS3 and the end boss fight was a weird choice though, actually on normal settings I never even struggled with that fight at all, was pretty easy if I remember correctly.

dontbhatin2283d ago (Edited 2283d ago )

i remember playing split screen of that halo 1 level when i was like 11. lol that level was epic!! we went through it in our first go. i remember it being creepy and epic rather than a hard level.

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SnakeCQC2282d ago

yh i hate the flood soooo much i really didnt think halo 1 was going to turn into a damn horror game lol

forestfrog2282d ago

Seth should be on this list.

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showtimefolks2282d ago

i don't remember GTA:VC mission the only one that was hard was in the mall you had to go rob or shoot stuff

but the plane mission in SA made me totally quit twice lol. i heard that in pc version they were removed i hope if we ever get a HD collection that those missions are removed

other than that nothing to complain about

also in GTA:SA you can enter the cheat to slow down the time to where those plane missions shouldn't be hard

M_Prime2282d ago

The Driver mission was pretty hard but i think you are right, i had way more trouble with the mission where you had to go to the mall and smash all the windows. However both those missions made me put the game down for a few hours.

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HarryMasonHerpderp2283d ago

Not this website again.
I'm not going to click on ten different pages >_>

WeskerChildReborned2282d ago

That's what i dislike about WhatCulture.

caseh2283d ago

I was expecting to see the water temple from Ocarina of Time. :)

Heisenburger2283d ago (Edited 2283d ago )

Lol hell yeah. I remember way back in the day I was stuck at the water temple. I eventually decided to go get a strategy guide.

Well, when I got home I decided NOT to use it. I still actually have the book. I never did anything with it aside from *admiring the gorgeous illustrations.

When is the last time that you played through it? I played a few years ago and felt like a god when I plowed through aqua-hell. Lol :)

ChronoJoe2283d ago

It's funny. I remember when I got my first Zelda OOT cart, it was second hand. It had a save file on it and the guy was stuck in the water temple... lol!

Being a weird kid I beat it for him and completed the game from there, then completed back to that point after I'd beat Ganon to experience the full thing. :P

cpayne932283d ago

When I was playing Ocarina of Time on an emulator, I got lost so I looked up a walkthrough video on youtube, then the guy doing the walkthrough got lost. I don't think I've ever seen someone doing a walkthrough get lost anywhere other than the water temple.

banjadude2283d ago

As tough as that was, I think the Water Temple in Majora's Mask was BRUTAL. In fact, I didn't beat that game, because I couldn't pass that part. So infuriating.

Eyeco2283d ago

I currently suffer from Posttraumatic stress disorder after playing through that level.

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SirBradders2283d ago

I recall ff, crash and the pod racing. It's mad how although these where a long time ago for me that this has brought back that evil nostalgia lol. The pod racing I only played in arcades as a kid so could have been cranked up for people too spend more.

Old McGroin2283d ago

Star Wars Episode I Pod Racing is a "great game" now?

Captain Qwark 92283d ago

sure is, one of my fav racing games of all time.

also id add in......

-the end of star ocean 4.

-the final level of super meat boy.

-the area of castlevania sotn where the medusa heads are

-most of demon souls lol ( although for soem reason i couldnt love that game any more )

-final boss level in armored core master of arena ( never beat it without cheating )

-almost any old school mega man game

Old McGroin2283d ago (Edited 2283d ago )

Ah. Never played it, just thought everything associated with Star Wars Episode I turned to runny monkey vomit. My bad.

Having looked it up it actually got pretty good review scores!

Captain Qwark 92283d ago

haha no, it was one of the few things to come out of that trilogy. course were wonderfully designed and complete with multiple routes, game was blazing fast, upgrading your racer was fun and the difficulty was near perfect until the end lol

the sequel on ps2 wasnt very good though. came out in like 2002 or something, done by rainbow studios. having loved the first so much, it was a major let down